Conservancy asks Memorial Park users to be responsible

2015-11-04 06:00
The beautiful Memorial Park. Photo: supplied

The beautiful Memorial Park. Photo: supplied

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THE Kloof Conservancy is appealing to all upper Highway residents to be responsible when using the Memorial Park.

According to Kloof Conservancy chairman Paolo Candotti, there have been a number of incidents in recent weeks of dogs chasing birds and damaging the vegetation in the wetlands.
He said there is also the continual problem of fouling of the park.
“The municipal by-laws require that dogs in public places must be kept on leashes and under control at all times. The by-laws also require dog owners to clean up after their dogs,” he said.
“In Memorial Park the requirement for dogs to be on leashes has not been applied and it has generally worked well as most users adopt a responsible attitude and manage their dogs well.
“This has led to a very pleasant environment there, which has a good reputation as a dog-friendly park.”
However, Candotti said that as a conservancy they are very supportive of the status quo, but urge users to ensure that they conduct themselves in a responsible manner.

“We want park users to control their dogs so that everyone can enjoy the park and we can protect the wildlife and maintain the indigenous vegetation we have worked so hard to establish,” he said.

The areas of particular concern are as follows:

  • Dogs chasing and injuring birds and on rare occasions the small mammals (slender mongoose, water mongoose and large spotted genets) that sometimes visit the park.
  • Dogs rampaging through the sensitive wetland areas damaging the wetlands and disturbing nesting birds – there are numerous areas where dogs can splash in the streams without going through the sensitive wetland areas.
  • Not picking up after your dog has messed – it’s your dog, it’s your responsibility to clean up.
  • Leaving the park and letting the dogs run loose on the roads on the way home.

“We appeal to everyone’s sense of civic responsibility in this regard. Help us to ensure the park is safe and enjoyable for everyone so that it can remain a dog-friendly park,” said Candotti.

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